Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke

btdatdbsTitle: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Series: Between, #1
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Publisher: Dial
Page Count: 368
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: August 15, 2013
Source: Library
Rating: 3.5-stars

Book Summary: You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery…who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

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Review: The Robinsons’ Dark Matter (The Robinsons, #1) by Michael Raymond

trdmTitle: The Robinsons’ Dark Matter
Series: The Robinsons, #1
Author: Michael Raymond
Publisher: Createspace
Page Count: 382
Format: Paperback
Release Date: July 26, 2013
Source: Author
Rating: 3.5-stars

Book Summary: Victoria Robinson was alone. She had no friends, her brother Nate thought she was a conspiracy nut, and their parents were never home. Then she stumbled across a cache of alien technology in their basement, her brother went hand-to-hand with a zombie, and their parents were kidnapped with a ballistic teleporter. Things got a little crazy after that.

The teens soon find themselves facing a mysterious enemy and forging a tenuous alliance with a top-secret government agency in a race to rescue their parents…and save the planet. Along the way they uncover pieces of their parents’ past and become unwitting pawns in a dangerous and elaborate game.

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Review: Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet

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Author: Kelly Braffet
Publisher: Crown
Page Count: 310
Format: Uncorrected Proof
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Source: Read It Forward
Rating: Four-stars

Book Summary: Patrick Cusimano is in a bad way. His father is in jail, he works the midnight shift at a grubby convenience store, and his brother’s girlfriend, Caro, has taken their friendship to an uncomfortable new level. On top of all that, he can’t quite shake the attentions of Layla Elshere, a goth teenager who befriends Patrick for reasons he doesn’t understand and doesn’t fully trust. The temptations these two women offer are pushing him to his breaking point.

Meanwhile, Layla’s little sister, Verna, is suffering through her first year of high school. She’s become a prime target for her cruel classmates, not just because of her strange name and her fundamentalist parents: Layla’s bad-girl rep proves to be too huge a shadow for Verna, so she falls in with her sister’s circle of outcasts and misfits whose world is far darker than she ever imagined.

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Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor

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Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Page Count: 432
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Source: Library
Rating: Four-stars

Book Summary: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

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Review: Black Chalk by Albert Alla

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Title: Black Chalk
Author: Albert Alla
Publisher: Garnet Publishing
Page Count: 318
Format: Paperback
Release Date: June 3, 2013
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Rating: Three-stars

Book Summary: In the Oxfordshire countryside, a student walks into a classroom and starts shooting. Nate Dillingham, friends with shooter and victims alike, is the sole survivor and only witness. Easily led and eager to please, his recollections weave around others’ hopes until he loses track of what really happened that day. After eight evasive years on the road, he comes back to Oxford, meets Leona, and plunges into a world of candour and desire. But Nate’s defences are deteriorating and Leona shares too much of his past…

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Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: Harper
Page Count: 470
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October 25, 2010
Source: Library
Rating: Four-stars

Book Summary: What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

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Review: Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie

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Title: Close My Eyes
Author: Sophie McKenzie
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Page Count: 400
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: July 9, 2013
Source: First Reads
Rating: 3.5-stars

Book Summary: When Geniver Loxley lost her daughter at birth eight years ago, her world stopped… and never fully started again. Mothers with strollers still make her flinch; her love of writing has turned into a half-hearted teaching career; and she and her husband, Art, have slipped into the kind of rut that seems inescapable.

But then a stranger shows up on their doorstep, telling Gen the very thing she’s always wanted to hear: that her daughter Beth was not stillborn, but was taken away as a healthy infant and is still out there, somewhere, waiting to be found. It’s insane, unbelievable. But why would anyone make that up? A fissure suddenly opens up in Gen’s carefully reconstructed life, letting in a flood of unanswerable questions. Where is Beth now? Why is Art so reluctant to get involved? To save his wife from further hurt? Or is it something more sinister? And who can she trust to help her?

Ignoring the warnings of her husband and friends, Gen begins to delve into the dark corners of her past, hopeful she’ll find a clue to her daughter’s whereabouts. But hope quickly turns into fear and paranoia, as she realizes that finding the answers might open the door to something even worse than not knowing. A truth that could steal everything she holds close – even her own life.

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Review: John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1) by David Wong

jdateTitle: John Dies at the End
Series: John Dies at the End, #1
Author: David Wong
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Page Count: 496
Format: Paperback
Release Date: December 24, 2012
Source: Bought
Rating: Four-stars

Book Summary: STOP.

You should not have touched this book with your bare hands.

NO, don’t put it down. It’s too late.

They’re watching you.

My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours.

You may not want to know about the things you’ll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it’s too late. You touched the book. You’re in the game. You’re under the eye.

The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me.

The important thing is this:

The drug is called Soy Sauce and it gives users a window into another dimension. 

John and I never had the chance to say no. 

You still do.

Unfortunately for us, if you make the right choice, we’ll have a much harder time explaining how to fight off the otherworldly invasion currently threatening to enslave humanity.

I’m sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind:

None of this is was my fault.

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Review: Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy

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Title: Hemlock Grove (or, The Wise Wolf)
Author: Brian McGreevy
Publisher: FSG Originals
Page Count: 336
Format: Paperback
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Source: Bought
Rating: 3.5-stars

Book Summary: The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.

Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family—their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel—where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he’s a werewolf. Or perhaps it’s Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia. 

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Books I Got & Upcoming Reviews

I’ve recently finished reading Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie (received via Goodreads First Reads) and I’m expecting Black Chalk by Albert Alla ((will be) received via LibraryThing Early Reviewers). With that being said, I have the following books in line that I will be reviewing:

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More information to come as I continue to add more to this blog. Keep an eye out!